Parenting Classes

Onslow County Health Department offers a wide variety of educational classes related to parenting to meet the needs of the community.

Newborn Parenting Classes

This free Newborn and Parenting class is recommended for pregnant women who are at 26-30 weeks or 6-7 months of pregnancy. Registration is mandatory, but walk-in's are welcome. Participants should arrive 10-15 minutes early on the first night. A series of four classes are held Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm, every other month.To learn more or register you can call 910-989-3901 or click on: Onslow County Partnership for Children link.

Topics covered include:
  • Appropriate development
  • Dental care
  • Health care and emergencies
  • Normal newborn care and procedures
  • Nutrition for the first year
  • Period of Purple Crying
  • Safe sleep
  • Safety
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Prepared Childbirth/Lamaze

Do you want to know more about the birth process? The Onslow County Health Department (OCHD) offers Lamaze class Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

There are 5 classes per session; each class is 2 hours. Contact OCHD for the most current charge for each class.

Medicaid reimburses for Lamaze Education classes with no out-of-pocket responsibility for Medicaid covered participant. Most private medical insurances do NOT reimburse.

Non-Medicaid covered participants will be responsible for payment based on household economic unit and family size. Bring proof of income (i.e. paystubs, recent tax return, etc.) of household income.

Bring with you a blanket and pillow, or just use the yoga mats that we have on hand. (No children are permitted.)

Pre-registration is preferred however you may register on the night of the first class.
To register call 910-347-2154.


Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's not always easy! Support makes a difference. Each Mother's Milk Club meeting is staffed with trained WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to assist with any concerns you may have. There is no charge for this class.